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Understanding Alcohol Abuse: How Deadly Is Alcohol?

alcohol abuseIt’s been classified as the most dangerous drug, kills more people each year than any other substance, and it is called alcohol. How could alcohol be so deadly if the substance is legal? The reality is that the legality of a substance has little to do with its safety. Alcohol can be extremely addictive and there are many associated health risks, including liver damage.

Understanding Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

So, how deadly is alcohol? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it is estimated that 88,000 people die from alcohol-related incidents each year. Between alcohol overdoses, car accidents, and physical health problems caused by alcohol, there are a number of ways that alcohol can pose an immediate and eventual threat to a person’s life. In addition to alcohol-related deaths, there is also the risk of addiction. Alcoholism is a disease that is characterized by the obsession and compulsion to drink alcohol. It can be devastating to watch and to endure because of the depths of despair that alcoholism can bring not just to the alcoholic but also to their loved ones. Alcohol is an extremely accessible substance, which can make it tougher for alcoholics to abstain from.

Treatment at Alcohol Rehab

Alcoholism can be treated, but there is no cure. Treatment for alcoholism can begin with a medical detox and inpatient rehabilitation center, which provides alcoholics with a safe, supervised environment where they can detox and receive treatment for issues that may be the cause of their drinking. The reality of alcoholism and alcohol abuse is that it can result in fatal consequences. Even when alcoholics stop drinking, they may have damage from the amount of alcohol that they were drinking.

While alcohol may be a legal substance, it is still dangerous with the risks of addiction and health complications. Alcohol is one thing that alcoholics can and should do without. But alcoholism is a disease and an alcoholic can’t just choose to “stop.” Treatment will play a vital role in the recovery of an alcoholic.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, there is hope. Alcoholism does not have to be a death sentence. The Watershed Texas is here to help by providing high quality treatment. Call The Watershed Texas today.

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